CapU staff and students, as well as everyone else on the North Shore, would benefit greatly from Bus rapid Transit, writes university president Paul Dangerfield.
I am one of the hundreds of people who cross a bridge to commute to Capilano University. Although I often come to campus by bike, many of our students and employees travel by bus, and long commutes and traffic congestion on the North Shore now impact the overall student experience and employee recruitment and retention.
Around 65 per cent of all CapU students take public transit to and from campus most of the time, and among our international students, 91 per cent rely on public transit. I regularly hear from students who feel underserved by the current transportation options for them.
When CapU was established in 1968, it primarily served residents of the North Shore; 55 years later we have students commuting by bus from as far as Surrey or Mission. With this in mind, CapU is thrilled the Metrotown-Park Royal Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor has been prioritized by TransLink’s Mayors’ Council. Any step that improves public transit to and across the North Shore should be celebrated and supported.